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Week 4 of Great Fast

Week 4 of Great Fast This morning is the fourth Sunday of the Great Lent – the Sunday of the Canaanite woman. While we go about our daily affairs in the world on the outside, on the inside the Lenten Fast is leading us in retreat from the vain noise of the world and into

Week 3 of Great Fast

Week 3 of Great Fast The paralytic may have been earnestly praying and hoping that he might be cured one day. He may have heard of the carpenter-rabbi from Nazareth, of his teachings, and of his miracles, and he may have thought that this man was his best hope for healing. He may have gotten

Holy Nativity Greetings from His Holiness

Holy Nativity Greetings from His Holiness In the blessed name of the Tri-une God, Self-existent, Beginningless and Endless, Perfect in Being, (Glory be to Him) Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan enthroned on the Apostolic Throne of St. Thomas Blessings to our beloved Vicars of the parishes, Priests of

Reflections on the Holy Nativity of Our Lord

Reflections on the Holy Nativity of Our Lord “The Virgin has Begotten the Wonderful; Let us go and Behold Him” Reflections on the Nativity of Christ Introduction When the Creator saw that man, who He had made with His own hands, perish, He was so moved that, “He bowed the heavens and came down”. The Feast of Nativity

Doubting Thomas

Doubting Thomas This author has often heard many a people, especially in the West, using the pejorative phrase ‘Doubting Thomas’ to address St. Thomas, one of the twelve Disciples of Christ. This sarcasm has often pained me for it refers to my forefather. The case in point is the outcome of the

Orthodox Church and Sleeba Perunnal

Orthodox Church and Sleeba Perunnal In September we are at the ‘Sleeba Perunnal’, the feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the instrument of salvation, on the 14th. This feast marks the discovery of the Holy Cross on which our Lord was crucified. In Greek and Latin this feast is called the ‘Exaltation of the

Worship, Prayer and Liturgy in the Orthodox Point of View

Worship, Prayer and Liturgy in the Orthodox Point of View To begin with, worship, prayer and liturgy mean not mere an intellectual exercise for the Orthodox, rather actions or activity where the body, soul and spirit are deeply involved in and totally engaged with. In other words, it is the total human being, as creation of God, involving him/herself in

Christ Is Risen, Indeed He Is Risen

Christ Is Risen, Indeed He Is Risen The empty tomb of Christ is a historical reality for every orthodox. The four gospels were written by four different men on different occasions and for different purposes. All of them clearly certify that Jesus rose from the dead without any doubt. Recently a United Methodist bishop was reprimanded by

And Isaac Carried the Wood on His Shoulders…

And Isaac Carried the Wood on His Shoulders… There are many vivid Old Testament narratives that refer to the passion and death of Jesus Christ and one among them is the story of Abraham going up on to the Mount of Moriah to sacrifice Isaac. We read the unfolding of a touching account of a father climbing upon

Lent or Fasting?

Lent or Fasting? Since Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church is rich in tradition of fasting and prayer, comments about the various fasts often appear on various internet forums and online exchanges between Church members. The word ‘lent’ is often seen in these communications as well. There were postings about ‘Advent Lent’ and ‘25-day Lent’
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